Spaghetti (Do’s and Don’ts)

Spaghetti Fail 🙂

Spaghetti is one of my all-time go-to suppers. I’m pretty sure it was the first meal my mom taught me to make, I know it was the first meal I made for my husband when we were dating, and I made it again as our first home-cooked meal as a married couple.  So one would think I’d have spaghetti pretty well figured out, right?

Well, I messed it up. See, sometimes I get this idea that an ideal supper is a frugal supper. Like with the tacos – I changed up my recipe to add rice and beans to my ground meat, and voila! Tacos are suddenly one of the cheapest meals I can make. And they are delicious! (See my recipe for tacos here if you’re interested!) Apparently the same isn’t true for spaghetti.

I read somewhere online that adding oatmeal can work to stretch ground beef. And since I couldn’t see adding beans to my spaghetti, and I wasn’t going to be adding rice to the meal, I thought I would give it a try.

Adding oatmeal did work in the sense that the meal was stretched, and we really couldn’t taste the difference in the spaghetti. Still, it did change the color and consistency of the sauce, and neither of us were huge fans of that.

I’m including our spaghetti recipe here, sans the oatmeal. Feel free to try the oatmeal out in your own kitchen, and see what you think. Maybe you’ll have a winner! We’re going to be sticking with the tried and true for a while longer at our house.



1 pound ground beef (or turkey)

1 jar spaghetti sauce

½ package spaghetti noodles

1 Tablespoon butter



  1. Brown the ground meat in a large skillet and drain the grease. Add the spaghetti sauce and let simmer for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.
  2. Boil 3 quarts of water in a large stock pot; add noodles and let them boil until soft, about 7-10 minutes. Drain and let the butter melt over the noodles before serving.

Serves: 3-5 people. Goes great with parmesan cheese and garlic bread!

Any tips for me? Ways that you get creative with spaghetti? I’d love to hear about them!

~ Erin